Found April 09, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
Manchester_city_vs_43dc
Roberto Mancini thinks Manchester City can reclaim the Premier League title next season if they keep all their key players fit. City came out on top in Monday's derby as a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford cut the gap on leaders Manchester United to 12 points, but Mancini still does not think his side can become champions with just seven games remaining. He is certain, however, that City are capable of finishing top again next year if they keep performing like they did against United and cut out the errors. "We know that we can win the title next year," said the Italian. "This year we did some mistakes but we can do nothing now. The season is gone. "It is important we continue to win because we have another seven games but it does not change anything for the future. "We need to continue to play like this for next season. "We have two or three months where we can work well, where we can improve our team. "I think we showed here we can't be 15 points behind." Mancini believes City will be able to compete for the title as long as they do not lose a number of their star men at the same time. He said: "We can't lose Yaya (Toure), (Sergio) Aguero and (Vincent) Kompany together. We are not so strong that we can lose three or four players together. "If we lose one time Aguero or one time Yaya (it is okay), but three or four together is very difficult for us." One player who could miss City's next game is David Silva, after the Spaniard was forced off late with a hamstring problem at Old Trafford. It is not thought to be a serious injury but Mancini doubts whether Silva will be available to face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday. "I think it is a hamstring injury. Maybe it is not so bad but I don't think he will be ready for Chelsea." Mancini was able to take a lot of satisfaction from City's performance against United, as Aguero netted a late winner after a Vincent Kompany own goal had cancelled out James Milner's opener. "We are happy because we played very well," Mancini told Sky Sports 1. "This is the most important thing for us. We deserved to win. "The game before against United we dominated that game and we lost in the end which I don't know how it's possible but this is football. "Today was the same. We played very well, we deserved to win, but we conceded the goal because we didn't pay attention and didn't mark very well." Asked about the title, Mancini replied: "It's finished. "What is important is only for the second position. [If we finish] 15, 12, 18 points behind it doesn't change anything. I think that we are like them but they score more than us and this is the difference."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Mancini aims to copy United

Roberto Mancini wants to take a leaf out of Manchester United's book to ensure Manchester City bounce back from this season's disappointing title defense. United have responded to their narrow loss in the battle for the Barclays Premier League crown last year by dominating the current campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson's United men almost have both hands on the trophy as they...

Mancini: City deserved to win

Roberto Mancini felt Manchester City deserved a 2-1 win over Manchester United, but reiterated his view that the title race is 'finished'. Reigning champions City closed the gap at the top to 12 points with seven games to play after substitute Sergio Aguero's fine individual strike settled the derby at Old Trafford. Mancini had insisted in the build-up to the game that...

Leverkusen prepared to sell Schurrle

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Roberto Mancini's position as Manchester City manager will be reviewed at the end of the season, even if the club win the FA Cup. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson turned up the heat before...

Signature win for City in the Manchester derby

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City Manager reactions: City – Roberto Mancini: “This win changes nothing because the title race is finished now, but it was vital that we won for the second position. ”We proved we shouldn’t be 15 points behind, but they have been more consistent and won a lot of games whereas we probably have given away at least eight points in games...

Keegan offers Mancini support

Former Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan believes it is ridiculous to suggest current incumbent Roberto Mancini should lose his job. Mancini has come under fire in some quarters for failing to put up a creditable defence of their Premier League title, with rivals Manchester United on course to win the title this season. Critics have also pointed to City's disappointing performance...

Ferguson: RVP was never joining City

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted Manchester City by claiming Robin van Persie was never going to move to the Etihad Stadium. United and City locked horns for Van Persie's signature after the Dutchman decided to leave Arsenal with the striker deciding to make the move to Old Trafford. City chief Roberto Mancini has claimed United's signing of Van Persie...

City's Barca links excite Toure

Yaya Toure has cited the arrival of two former Barcelona officials as being a key reason behind his decision to sign a new long-term deal with Manchester City . Toure, who has often been described by manager Roberto Mancini as one of the most influential players at the Etihad Stadium, signed a four-year extension to his contract earlier this week. And the Ivory Coast midfielder...

Man City full of regret despite victory in derby

When the euphoria subsides, pangs of regret will remain for Manchester City. The gloating began in earnest Tuesday in English football's capital city after City gave a performance of champions in a 2-1 win at Manchester United. However, United needs only to point at the Premier League table as a response. The inescapable fact is City is 12 points behind United with seven games...

Column: City still the noisy neighbor for Man Utd

Any professional footballer who doesn't want to take on Manchester United should change jobs. United manager Alex Ferguson would surely say the same to any player of his who didn't relish the challenge of being part of the team that everyone wants, or should want, to beat. So ignore any suggestion that the Manchester derby on Monday night didn't really matter, that it...

Column: City still the noisy neighbor for United

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist Any professional soccer player who doesn't want to take on Manchester United should change jobs. United manager Alex Ferguson would surely say the same to any player of his who didn't relish the challenge of being part of the team that everyone wants, or should want, to beat. So ignore any suggestion that the Manchester...

Battle Of Manchester Puts Widening Gap Between England’s Best, Rest on Clear Display

The arc of the last eight months of Premier League soccer made the buildup to and fallout from Monday’s Manchester derby anticlimactic. Coming into the contest, Manchester United had amassed a 15-point lead over second-place Manchester City thanks to a stunning run which has spanned the bulk of the season. The Red Devils had won 25 of their first 30 league games and hadn’t lost...
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.